IET Faraday Challenge Days
Delivered in 45 schools free of charge by the IET, the Faraday Challenge Days are one day STEM activities designed for six teams of six students aged 12-13 years. There are an additional 12 extra dates held at IET Academic Partner universities across the UK.
IET Faraday Challenge Days give students the opportunity to research, design and make prototype solutions to genuinely tough engineering problems. At each event teams compete to win a prize for themselves and a trophy for their school.
The event is set up and run by our team of STEM professionals to give you the time to focus on your students. It is an unbeatable opportunity to switch your students on to the subject you love.
Students win prizes for themselves and their school
The winners of each event win prizes for themselves and a trophy for their school. The top three teams from across the UK get an all expenses paid trip to the National Final in June 2013 to compete for a cash prize of up to £1,000 for their school.
Hosted in UK schools
In the summer term of each year the IET launches the application round for UK schools to host a Faraday Challenge Day in the following academic year. The application round is now open. Download the application form below and send it in to us at email@example.com. The deadline for e-mailing applications is Friday 12th July 2013.
Each Faraday Challenge Day host school provides a school hall, gym or large classroom for the day, and six teams of six students aged 12-13 to take part (36 students in total).
Host schools can either:
– enter all six teams from their own school, or
– enter one team from their own school, and invite five teams from local schools to join them.
Each team includes two students from Science, two from D&T, and two from Maths.
If you know of a school local to you who is hosting a Faraday Challenge Day this academic year, why not get in touch and see if you can bag your school an invite!
Please note that the Faraday Challenge Days take place in UK schools and colleges only.
NEW for 2012-13: Faraday team selection activity
If you have been confirmed as a Faraday Challenge Day Host School for the 2012-13 season, or if you have been invited to take part at a school or college in your area, this Faraday Team Selection Activity is a great way to create a buzz amongst your students about the STEM subjects and the Faraday Challenge Days.
The activities can be used as part of your selection process for the students who will be representing your school in this season's Faraday Challenge Days.
League table of top teams 2012-13
The 2012-13 season of Faraday Challenge Days begun in Scotland on Tuesday 25 September. Bell Baxter High School was the first host school of the year. The winning team from this and each event will be added to the 2012-13 league table.
Click on the link below to check out which other UK schools are hosting a Faraday Challenge Day this season, and how the competition between the top teams is hotting up!
Updated 18 February 2013
Last year's winners
Last year we had a total of 44 Faraday Challenge Days hosted in schools in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, with an additional 11 events which took place at IET Academic Partner universities. Check out which schools made it onto the Faraday Challenge Days League Table 2011-12 and who were crowned the winners at the National Final.